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Raiders at Chargers 2011 Week 10
WR Denarius Moore reaches out to make the catch.

Rookie WR Denarius Moore caught 5 passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs, including this 46-yard fingertip grab in the Raiders 24-17 win at San Diego. Photo by Tony Gonzales.

BUSH BY LAND AND BY AIR: RB Michael Bush led the Raiders through the air and on the ground in the 24-17 win over the Chargers in San Diego on November 10. In his second start of the season, Bush totaled 242 yards from scrimmage on the day, marking the highest yardage total posted by a Raider in nearly 50 years. Bush rushed for 157 yards on a career-high 30 carries and had three receptions for 85 yards en route to posting the highest single-game yardage total for a Raider since WR Art Powell had 247 yards against Houston on December 22, 1963.

PALMER MAKES MARK: QB Carson Palmer averaged 14.95 yards per passing attempt in the Raiders 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10, setting a franchise single-game record in just his second start with the Silver and Black. Palmer topped Daryle Lamonica's record of 14.33 yards per passing attempt set on September 21, 1968 at Miami.

NEAR PERFECT THROUGH THREE: QB Carson Palmer posted a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating through the first three quarters of the Silver and Black's 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego on November 10. Palmer completed 11 of 13 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns through the first three periods, eventually finishing the game with a 125.0 passer rating. 

BUSH RECEIVING HIGHS: RB Michael Bush established a career high with 85 receiving yards in the Raiders' 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10, topping his previous career high of 80 receiving yards set last season against Seattle. Bush also matched a career-long reception with a 55-yard catch and run that helped set up a Raiders touchdown in the third quarter.

BUSH GETS HIS 100: After posting 90-plus yard performances in two straight games, RB Michael Bush passed the century mark for the first time this season with 157 yards on 30 carries with one touchdown. His score came on a two-yard run in the first quarter and marked his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. Bush is averaging 117.3 rush yards per game in the past three games, two of which he has started (352 total).

BUSH EXPLOSIVE: RB Michael Bush posted three plays of 30 yards or longer during the Raiders' 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10. He broke runs of 44 and 30 yards and advanced a screen pass 55 yards.

DAY FOR DENARIUS: WR Denarius Moore continued his impressive rookie campaign, totaling five receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego on November 10. Moore hauled in an acrobatic 46-yard reception in the second quarter that helped set up a field goal, and his touchdown catches came via passes of 33 and 26 yards from QB Carson Palmer.

WIMBLEY RACKS UP SACKS: LB Kamerion Wimbley posted an outstanding performance in the Raiders' 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10, recording four sacks for losses totaling 27 yards. His sack total was the most for a Raider since 1993 and fell just one sack short of the team single-game record of five set by Howie Long against the Washington Redskins on October 2, 1983. Wimbley was also credited with a team-high seven solo tackles, five quarterback hurries and one pass defensed against the Chargers.

GIORDANO SWIPES IT: S Matt Giordano, starting in place of an injured Michael Huff, picked off a pass in the end zone in fourth quarter of the Silver and Black's 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10. It was Giordano's team-leading second pick of the season and the fifth of his career. 

HEYER FILLS IN FINE: Stephon Heyer made his first start as a Raider in the Silver and Black's 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10, playing at left guard. It marked the five-year veteran's first-ever start at guard and he helped the Raider offense amass 489 total yards including 191 yards on the ground and allowing just a single sack for a loss of 1 yard.

FIRST DOWN:Of rookie WR Denarius Moore's 23 receptions, 19 have been for first downs (82.6 pct.) so far in 2011. All five of his catches (for 46, 7, 33, 26 and 11 yards) went for first downs during the November 10 win over the Chargers in San Diego.

GOING VERTICAL: QB Carson Palmer completed four passes of 30 yards or longer (41, 64, 33, 55) and six passes for 20 yards or longer (26, 24) in the Raiders' 24-17 victory over the Chargers in San Diego at November 10. Two of those passes went for scores—33 and 26 yards to rookie WR Denarius Moore.

BRANCH TOPS TACKLE CHART: SS Tyvon Branch looks to lead the Raiders in tackles for the second straight season and is off to a good start, pacing the defensive unit with 69 total tackles (45 solo). LB Rolando McClain is second on the team with 48 tackles (33) and LB Kamerion Wimbley is third with 37 stops (32). S Matt Giordano has 32 tackles (23) and CB Stanford Routt rounds out the top five with 31 stops (26).

SACK LEADERS: LB Kamerion Wimbley moved into first place on the team with six sacks so far this season, following a four-sack performance at San Diego on November 10. DT Richard Seymour ranks second on the team with five sacks, while DT Tommy Kelly has 3.5 sacks on the season.

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